Strive & Slay won’t spend a lot of time on supplements for two reasons. First, supplements is just what is means, supplementation. Gym rats got this strange idea that the holy grail to gains is whey and creatine. They’ll go up to men in the gym and ask them what brand preworkout they take as if it’s the preworkout that got them swole.
Supplementation if done right might account for 10% of your progression. If you want to look at it another way, it’s like a job offering you $100 if you complete two tasks. One task is $90 and the other is $10. Which one are you going to spend the most time trying to complete?
Obviously the $90 task UNLESS you’re a gym rat. The gains come from nutrition and just straight up consistency. Go to the gym, do more work then you did the last time and keep it up over YEARS. That’s how you make gains. The type of whey you take means nothing. In fact, don’t even take whey. Eat steak and eggs. Far better for muscle gains.
Second reason I won’t go into supplements is because supplements are eyed by natural athletes, “nattys,” who are doing everything they can to avoid steroids. Steroids is this evil, cheating drug that must be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, the fitness industry is loaded with guys on the juice and it sets unrealistic expectations of what a gym rat can accomplish in the gym.
Most men out there are probably testosterone deficient. What I want every man to get out of this article is this: don’t think you can boost testosterone and muscle growth through supplementation. What you see in magazines and billboards are ploys to steal your hard earned dough. If you’re trying to get swole and hitting walls, do NOT buy supplements that claim to give natural steroid gains. You will be sorely disappointed, best case scenario.
Worst case scenario, the supplements will crash your testosterone.
What every man needs to do.
Go to your doctor, get your blood checked. I’m all about being a toxic masculine barbarian, but if you can’t be humble and with the times, you’ll be just another basic soy boy.
If your total testosterone level comes back with anything under 400, do not let your general care doctor treat you. He or she may want to give you a pill to solve your problem, more then likely they will not give you testosterone replacement therapy. Most if not all general care doctors cannot properly treat testosterone.
This is not what you want to hear, but if you have low T, supplements will not help you at all. Neither will your general care doctor. Do your research and find a clinic that deals specifically with low testosterone. Getting set up there will likely be costly and a pain, but let me tell you it is worth every penny. You will be much better off spending hundreds of dollars on proper TRT treatment then supplements you hope will work.
Getting your testosterone back to the proper levels takes some experimentation and patience.
That said, I do take supplements. Just the basics. But I don’t have a seat at the natty table because I am on TRT.
If you’re testosterone is fine, stop being a bitch and work harder. Eat steak and eggs. Kill it in the weight room.